Ford's Theater, in Washington, D.C.

The National Book Awards took place last night at Cipriani Wall Street, just a few blocks from one of today's protests.

Despite inaccuracies with names, places, and events (not to mention one big conflict of interest) Bill O’Reilly’s book Killing Lincoln is for sale in the Ford’s Theater Society gift shop.

Spotted in the Twitterverse: “So it turns out that Shakespeare’s stage direction 'Exit, pursued by a bear' was written for a real polar bear.”

Over at the Believer, Claire Hamilton and Jon Cotner, co-author of Ten Walks/Two Talks, have assembled a slide show that documents their eight-mile walk across Fire Island. Cotner, a connoisseur of both walking tours and books, proves to be funny, chatty, and deeply aware of his surroundings.

Author Ann Patchett opens Parnassus Books, Nashville’s newest indie bookstore.

For anywhere from $99 to $549 a pop, Penguin’s “genre-fiction community” Book Country, will allow writers to self-publish through Penguin.

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